Following graduation from Northwestern University School of Law in 1967, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for three years.
After his military service, he joined the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, becoming a partner in 1973. He later founded Hedlund, Hunter and Lynch, which merged with Latham & Watkins in 1982. He served as managing partner of the Chicago office and as a member of the firm’s executive committee for several years. From 2001 to 2006 he resided in Paris, France, and was responsible for Latham’s offices in Europe.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette and previously served on the Board of Trustees from 1998 until his relocation to Paris. His professional affiliations include membership in the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations. He has served as a board member for Catholic Charities, Regina Dominican High School, and several other civic organizations.
He received the Alumnus of the Year Award from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and is a member of the Marquette University President's Society and the Marquette University Legacy Society.